Giant Funnel - Leucopaxillus giganteus

    Description

    The cap of this species can become quite large, reaching up to 40 cm. Younger specimens have caps that are convex with a margin that is rolled downwards, but as the mushroom matures the cap flattens out and eventually becomes shallowly funnel-shaped. The cap is smooth and creamy white in colour, but may develop brown stains and circular cracks with age. The cream coloured gills are narrow, crowded close together, and have a decurrent attachment running down the length of the stem; in age the gills will darken to a buff colour.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Grassy pastures, roadside hedges, or woodland clearings.

    When to see it

    Autumn.

    Life History

    Sometimes found in groups or rings.

    UK Status

    Widespread though not particularly common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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